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Remembering the Legacy of T. Rex's Marc Bolan on His Birthday

Most Americans know Marc Bolan and his band T. Rex for their 1971 hit "(Bang a Gong) Get It On," but in the U.K., the group was a national phenomenon. Some accountants claimed at the time that these glam gods' records added up to some six percent of the country's domestic record sales. Their albums Electric Warrior and The Slider (no relation to a plate of tiny burgers, BTW) are national treasures.

Bolan, born Mark Feld, fell for rock 'n' roll after discovering Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, and Chuck Berry. The singer inspired leagues of young cross-dressers with his top hat, feather boa, and a modish topcoat. He was the proverbial urchin, with his waif-like stature and preoccupation with wizards, stars, white swans, and all sorts of astrological and celestial elements.

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Lee Zimmerman